Grimaud, Provence village

 

The action packed town of Saint-Tropez stands just a few kilometres from Grimaud, and in dramatic contrast!

If you are visiting the Riviera and want to leave the car behind, why not take the train? It is possible to get to Grimaud on a little tourist train that parts from Port Grimaud, the coastal ‘twin’ of Grimaud and itself a sophisticated town – a nice hassle free way to reach the village.

A visit to this super-attractive perched viillage is a highly recommended excursion if you can tear yourself away from the beaches. It is a very pretty place, with narrow cobbled streets winding up the hill between houses clad with greenery – including the bouganvillea flowers, the ‘trademark’ of the region.

Perhaps the main ‘individual’ highlight is the Maison des Templiers, a 16th century building easily identified by its three arches, although it is the overall ensemble of the village that is really the big attraction! See also the little aquaduct called Pont des Fees (fairy bridge), and the newly restored St Roch Windmill.

Keep on climbing to reach the dramatic ruins of the 11th century castle poised even higher above the village, a remnant of the important role that Grimaud once held in this region.

It doesn’t take ages to explore Grimaud, except you will keep stopping to take photos or enjoy a view!

It is recommended that you visit Grimaud in the morning if possible, if visiting in the summer, because afternoons can become rather hot and busy.